To achieve Step 14, individuals will be able to evaluate the right creative tools for different situations.
In the previous step, the focus was on the range of creative tools that could be useful to share with others. This step builds on that by focusing on how to pick the best creative tools for the right setting.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
In the previous step, the focus was on sharing a wide range of creative tools which could support others to boost their creative skills. Often, though, we do not have the luxury of a lot of time to support others to build their creative skills holistically. Instead, we need to be able to judge the right tool for the moment quickly based on what they are trying to do.
There are a few critical dimensions to consider:
A regular challenge for creativity is that the task is unclear, and this can make it difficult to focus energies or to know what success looks like. Some tools here are:
If individuals are clear on the brief and the goals, they next need to generate ideas. Some tools they can use are:
Once individuals have generated some ideas, they are likely to need to improve them. Some tools that are useful are:
It is not uncommon for groups to struggle to be creative together. Some tools they can use include:
Finally, teams might want to ensure that they have a culture of creativity for the long-term. To do this, there are a few tools that can help:
By encountering different situations and tasks in education, we can learn and practise which tools are most effective to support others to be creative. We might find that a task is unclear and success criteria need to be identified. Alternatively, when working in a group, it is important to choose the right method to record everyone’s ideas. Education plays a key role in widening our perspective so it’s important to make the most of these opportunities when working with others.
In many workplace contexts, time is a precious commodity and it will be beneficial to quickly identify the appropriate creative tools to help others innovate and make decisions in that particular situation. Different tools can be suggested depending on whether ideas are being generated or refined; similarly, it may be necessary to promote a culture of creativity or a positive group working environment. Choosing the appropriate tool can improve creativity, efficiency and team dynamics.
We use creativity in lots of areas of our everyday lives. Helping others to innovate and seeking diverse experiences can being people closer together and stimulate new ideas. We might consider which creative tools to use to make group decisions on where we would like to next go on a trip or combine ideas to reach a compromise.
To best practise this step of Creativity, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This step can be reinforced whenever learners are working on a creative task. Individuals can be asked before they begin what they need to do, and to think about the best creative tools they can use to support that particular activity.
This step is best assessed by giving learners a series of scenarios and asking them to recommend the best creative tools for the scenario that they have been given. This assessment could be written, or it could be verbal discussion.
This step is relevant to everyone who helps others to generate high quality ideas.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through a discussion. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
At home, you can easily support your child to build their essential skills. The good news is that there
are lots of ways that you can have a big impact, including: